It was Sheffield Wednesday who, with a slice of luck, took the bragging rights from Oakwell on Saturday and a glance at the table shows how much they needed the points given they remain in the bottom three but now only behind the Reds on goal difference.
The Owls are out to 5/4 for the drop at BetVictor but they need to get something from their home game with Charlton on Saturday.
Wednesday are 6/4 to win back-to-back in the Championship for the first time since August with the Addicks 9/5 and the draw at 12/5; Chris O’Grady grabbed the only goal at Barnsley and he is 13/2 to open the scoring at Hillsborough.
The Oakwell defeat hurt Keith Hill and it is now 11 games since the Tykes last win in the League (at Charlton) back in October. The Reds are now 4/11 to be playing in League 1 next season and travel to the capital to meet a Millwall side currently in the play off zone following a run of one defeat in 15 since the end of September.
Millwall are 8/11 to keep the points in London with the Reds 4/1 and the draw at 27/10; the hosts are still 50/1 for the Title and 10s for promotion so bookmakers obviously perceive them to be in a false position. Let’s hope the Reds can get something from the Lions’ Den.
The Blades struggled to break down an injury hit Tranmere Rovers side last weekend and had to settle for a point; they remain the only side in the division with an unbeaten home record but continue to frustrate.
One could argue they are remain 11/4 favourites for the Title and it is churlish to criticise but they will surely have to improve in the second half of the season if they are to reach the Championship automatically.
United are at Crawley and are 13/8 to return with the points with the hosts, unbeaten in three but only one League win in their last eight, 17/10 and the draw at 23/10; the Blades continue to struggle in front of goal and two or fewer goals looks the bet at 20/23 with three or more 37/40.
Doncaster Rovers barren December continued with a 4-1 defeat to a resurgent Coventry side who have improved dramatically since the arrival of Mark Robins; the Sky Blues are now 8/1 to be promoted with Rovers out to 7/2 and Rovers meet fellow promotion-chasing MK Dons at the Keepmoat.
The Dons weren’t at their best to beat struggling Hartlepool last weekend but they have only once in their last 11 fixtures and the visitors are 13/10 to take away all three points with Rovers and the draw priced at 9/4.
The Spireites had to settle for a share of the spoils against Burton Albion at the Proact last weekend and are in action on Friday evening when they travel to Southend knowing that a win will see them leapfrog the Blues in the table. That is likely to be easier said than done however given Paul Sturrock’s side are also in good form (unbeaten in 12) and it promises to be a lively encounter.
Southend are 23/20 for the game at Roots Hall with the draw 12/5 and Chesterfield 5/2; Southend are 14s for the Title at BetVictor with Chesterfield 25s and a win for the visitors would certainly see a significant change in those Title odds.
The Millers are 5s for the League 2 Title ahead of their trip to the Memorial Stadium to meet struggling Bristol Rovers who have only picked up one point out of the last 18 on offer. Rotherham are 11/10 to pick up all three points with Rovers and the draw both priced at 5/2.